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Sing it to her bones : a Hannah Ives mystery
Talley, Marcia Dutton, 1943-
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dell, 1999.
Physical Description:
290 pages ; 18 cm
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead Hannah finds a body -- of a girl who disappeared eight years before.

Author Notes

Marcia Talley 's first Hannah Ives novel, Sing It to Her Bones , won the Malice Domestic Grant in 1998 and was nominated for an Agatha Award as Best First Novel of 1999. Unbreathed Memories , the second in the series, appeared in 2000. Both were featured alternates of the Mystery Guild. She is also the editor of a collaborative serial novel, Naked Came the Phoenix , where she joined with twelve bestselling women authors to pen a tongue-in-cheek mystery about murder in an exclusive health spa. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and collections. Talley lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, Barry, a professor at the US Naval Academy. When she isn't writing, she spends her time traveling or sailing.

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Booklist Review

Hannah Ives, recovering from a mastectomy and recently the victim of downsizing, accepts her sister-in-law's offer to spend some quiet time in Pearson's Corner, Maryland, away from the stress of D.C. Characters in mystery novels should know better. Soon Hannah has discovered a body, become involved in the murder investigation, and must deal with the fact that her husband has been accused of sexual harassment. Talley's debut is a gentle mystery with a likable narrator. Despite the straight-from-headlines nature of the plot, the novel relies not on sensationalism but on quiet character development for its charm. And, unlike many gentle mysteries, this one doesn't peter out long before the end. Readers expecting nail-biting tension may be a tad disappointed, but the majority of mystery fans will be well pleased. Buy this paperback original now; it won't be long before the Hannah Ives series makes the jump to hardcover. --David Pitt